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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
15. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 22:44 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 21:27:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:33:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:08:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:29:
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.

Getting your friend hired over someone else when both have the same qualifications is EXACTLY what nepotism is What may be OK in your 5 employee sweat-shop, is corruption when we talk about unions or mega-corporations.

Nepotism
the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

And how do you think you become executive or ceo at a big company or union? Not by having superior skills, but by being friends with the people that enable you to have that job who think by elevating you there they gain an advantage for THEMSELVES (at least believe so). That is the very definition of corruption. But for obvious reasons our oh so free western world doesn't like thinking or talking about this, because it would show you how corrupt capitalism is to the core. Because human nature coupled with the system in place will always gravitate towards nepotism, and nepotism will always end up fucking everyone else over.

And when we talk about Unions, then you have to ask yourself who is really represented by a leader that got put there by his friends. And not by the WORKERS he represents At least in Germany there are some Unions where members vote, but turnout is exceptionally low. Because many people do not understand what they are voting there. To them all the options are identical, so they vote not at all and let others decide.. it's how we ended up with a 3 unions for 1 company.

Remember, Unions are not to serve nepotism, they are to enable better work conditions and raising wages for it's members. And lots of Unions flat out do not do that anymore. And many work areas flat out prevent Unions from existing.

Mostly wrong.
For one, no one can hire their friends in a major corporation. Why? Two reasons:
1) The hiring process involves multiple people
2) You can rarely recommend someone that would be your direct report, and when you do, usually you are exempt from the interview

It isn't hiring someone that has the same qualifications, it's recommending someone that has the right qualifications. Again, job postings get hundreds of resumes, many of which are perfectly qualified. Sorting through them for someone that's qualified, serious about the position, and a good fit is extremely time consuming.
When someone can say "hey, I have my friend here who is qualified, wants to work here, and is perfect for the job," of course that gets listened to.

This is why every company offers thousands of dollars to recommend your friends. Not because of nepotism, but because it's proven to be the most effective way of hiring.

Here:
Nepotism - "I was just elected mayor, I'm going to assign my best friend to be dog catcher."
Not nepotism - "Hey, I see you have an opening for a marketing specialist. My old college roommate is a marketing specialist that's interested in moving here. He's got 6 years experience in the role, and currently works for XXX Corporation. Here's his resume, take a look, you'll see he fits your needs."

See the huge difference?

Both is nepotism according to it's actual definition. The difference is one of (your) morality

Ps.: I dunno if you are just arguing out of principle.. but may I direct you to read the post before the one you quoted? We talked about Unions too close to corporations, aside you literally nobody made Nepotism a main topic Cutter just gave an example for the corruption that some Unions have fallen for. But nobody was actually complaining about that being Nepotism, we talked about corruption, and what Cutter described is most definitely nepotism, and nepotism no matter in what form, is corruption when it comes down to it.

And aside that, I find it funny you bring up Nepotism in a thread that talks about the lie corporations spread that it doesn't find enough skilled workers Which is sometimes directly supported by Unions.

Aside from Cutters example, which isn't about nepotism but rather corruption... nobody made any remark or indeed "whined" about Nepotism

I'm well aware I made it the main thing. Like I said, it wasn't brought up here, it's just a pet peeve when people think that "you need to know someone / network to get hired" means nepotism. It doesn't. But even you are arguing this.


Nah, my argument is that nepotism is "the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends" I am not arguing whether that is needed to get hired in rank and file jobs, but it is a fact that is how the top tier (executive) jobs are assigned. They not running through the same processes as normal job interviews. And specially managers are not getting a job for their "skills" they are getting a job over their connections.

Your definition being so far apart from the actual meaning (where I come from) of nepotism that it made me argue my point.

Executives are rarely via nepotism, either. I've been on the teams for executive search for one of the largest retail chains in North America. We hire an outside recruiter, because you can't just post "General Manager / CEO - 600 store chain" on Monster.com. You go to a recruiter. The recruiter uses LinkedIn, "About Us" pages on similar companies, and her own network. She brings people in. It isn't tapping Bob who your current CEO has drinks with on the shoulder.

And yes, the new GM will probably bring in one or two of his own people, but at that point you probably have a team you want with you. I'm only middle management and I have a kid I'll lure anywhere I go with huge promotion incentives. It isn't that I'm friends with him, I never even hang out with him outside of work. It's that his skillset and personality work perfectly with mine, I know he's incredibly competent, and I know he trusts me.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
13. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 20:33 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 20:23:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:40:
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:08:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:29:
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.

Getting your friend hired over someone else when both have the same qualifications is EXACTLY what nepotism is What may be OK in your 5 employee sweat-shop, is corruption when we talk about unions or mega-corporations.

Nepotism
the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

And how do you think you become executive or ceo at a big company or union? Not by having superior skills, but by being friends with the people that enable you to have that job who think by elevating you there they gain an advantage for THEMSELVES (at least believe so). That is the very definition of corruption. But for obvious reasons our oh so free western world doesn't like thinking or talking about this, because it would show you how corrupt capitalism is to the core. Because human nature coupled with the system in place will always gravitate towards nepotism, and nepotism will always end up fucking everyone else over.

And when we talk about Unions, then you have to ask yourself who is really represented by a leader that got put there by his friends. And not by the WORKERS he represents At least in Germany there are some Unions where members vote, but turnout is exceptionally low. Because many people do not understand what they are voting there. To them all the options are identical, so they vote not at all and let others decide.. it's how we ended up with a 3 unions for 1 company.

Remember, Unions are not to serve nepotism, they are to enable better work conditions and raising wages for it's members. And lots of Unions flat out do not do that anymore. And many work areas flat out prevent Unions from existing.

Mostly wrong.
For one, no one can hire their friends in a major corporation. Why? Two reasons:
1) The hiring process involves multiple people
2) You can rarely recommend someone that would be your direct report, and when you do, usually you are exempt from the interview

It isn't hiring someone that has the same qualifications, it's recommending someone that has the right qualifications. Again, job postings get hundreds of resumes, many of which are perfectly qualified. Sorting through them for someone that's qualified, serious about the position, and a good fit is extremely time consuming.
When someone can say "hey, I have my friend here who is qualified, wants to work here, and is perfect for the job," of course that gets listened to.

This is why every company offers thousands of dollars to recommend your friends. Not because of nepotism, but because it's proven to be the most effective way of hiring.

Here:
Nepotism - "I was just elected mayor, I'm going to assign my best friend to be dog catcher."
Not nepotism - "Hey, I see you have an opening for a marketing specialist. My old college roommate is a marketing specialist that's interested in moving here. He's got 6 years experience in the role, and currently works for XXX Corporation. Here's his resume, take a look, you'll see he fits your needs."

See the huge difference?

Both is nepotism according to it's actual definition. The difference is one of (your) morality

Ps.: I dunno if you are just arguing out of principle.. but may I direct you to read the post before the one you quoted? We talked about Unions too close to corporations, aside you literally nobody made Nepotism a main topic Cutter just gave an example for the corruption that some Unions have fallen for. But nobody was actually complaining about that being Nepotism, we talked about corruption, and what Cutter described is most definitely nepotism, and nepotism no matter in what form, is corruption when it comes down to it.

And aside that, I find it funny you bring up Nepotism in a thread that talks about the lie corporations spread that it doesn't find enough skilled workers Which is sometimes directly supported by Unions.

Aside from Cutters example, which isn't about nepotism but rather corruption... nobody made any remark or indeed "whined" about Nepotism

I'm well aware I made it the main thing. Like I said, it wasn't brought up here, it's just a pet peeve when people think that "you need to know someone / network to get hired" means nepotism. It doesn't. But even you are arguing this.

 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
11. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 19:40 Beamer
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:08:
Beamer wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 18:29:
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.

Getting your friend hired over someone else when both have the same qualifications is EXACTLY what nepotism is What may be OK in your 5 employee sweat-shop, is corruption when we talk about unions or mega-corporations.

Nepotism
the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.

And how do you think you become executive or ceo at a big company or union? Not by having superior skills, but by being friends with the people that enable you to have that job who think by elevating you there they gain an advantage for THEMSELVES (at least believe so). That is the very definition of corruption. But for obvious reasons our oh so free western world doesn't like thinking or talking about this, because it would show you how corrupt capitalism is to the core. Because human nature coupled with the system in place will always gravitate towards nepotism, and nepotism will always end up fucking everyone else over.

And when we talk about Unions, then you have to ask yourself who is really represented by a leader that got put there by his friends. And not by the WORKERS he represents At least in Germany there are some Unions where members vote, but turnout is exceptionally low. Because many people do not understand what they are voting there. To them all the options are identical, so they vote not at all and let others decide.. it's how we ended up with a 3 unions for 1 company.

Remember, Unions are not to serve nepotism, they are to enable better work conditions and raising wages for it's members. And lots of Unions flat out do not do that anymore. And many work areas flat out prevent Unions from existing.

Mostly wrong.
For one, no one can hire their friends in a major corporation. Why? Two reasons:
1) The hiring process involves multiple people
2) You can rarely recommend someone that would be your direct report, and when you do, usually you are exempt from the interview

It isn't hiring someone that has the same qualifications, it's recommending someone that has the right qualifications. Again, job postings get hundreds of resumes, many of which are perfectly qualified. Sorting through them for someone that's qualified, serious about the position, and a good fit is extremely time consuming.
When someone can say "hey, I have my friend here who is qualified, wants to work here, and is perfect for the job," of course that gets listened to.

This is why every company offers thousands of dollars to recommend your friends. Not because of nepotism, but because it's proven to be the most effective way of hiring.

Here:
Nepotism - "I was just elected mayor, I'm going to assign my best friend to be dog catcher."
Not nepotism - "Hey, I see you have an opening for a marketing specialist. My old college roommate is a marketing specialist that's interested in moving here. He's got 6 years experience in the role, and currently works for XXX Corporation. Here's his resume, take a look, you'll see he fits your needs."

See the huge difference?
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
8. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 25, 2014, 19:35 Beamer
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 19:11:
Who cares about a mobile game? This is why I still play GTA 4. I wrote my own mod for the game that gives me cash every time I beat a fag to death with the baseball bat. LOL!!! (I still get money for shooting them, but not as much, unless it's a head shot.) The baseball bat is so much more satisfying anyway...

You're a charming individual that's a boon to any community you join.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
9. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 25, 2014, 18:29 Beamer
 
It amazes me how often I find people whining about "nepotism."

I mean, yes, it does happen. But most of what people whine about isn't nepotism. What Cutter said may be. That's rare in true private industry, though. Usually you hire someone that knows someone, this is true. But that isn't nepotism. Nepotism is hiring someone underqualified due to their relations. What usually happens is hiring someone that is perfectly qualified because they know someone. Hiring is hard. Of course they tend to move forward with someone personally vouched for by a good employee. A good amount of the due diligence of hiring is already done.

I've never seen it complained about here, and Cutter's example is pretty bad. But if you ever talk to people from bad law schools unable to find legal work, they all whine about nepotism and cronyism. They blame that for not getting jobs while someone just got his friend hired at his firm. No, that's just how the world works. Of course you'd rather hire an entity known to be qualified than spend time and resources looking for someone that is probably going to be no more qualified.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
4. Re: Morning Consolidation Nov 25, 2014, 11:25 Beamer
 
nin wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 11:17:
SpectralMeat wrote on Nov 25, 2014, 11:15:
It's not like this is their first Halo game they release.
I don't understand how an established dev studio like this can be so incompetent.

A lot of shit got pushed out to meet release dates. AC, Driveclub, Halo. I would expect similar issues with Teh Crew as well...


It doesn't sound like that was the issue with AC. The complaints about AC seem less about bugs, though they're there (and look hysterical), and more about the gameplay just being dull. In other words, design decisions. Sure, that is a function of release date, but not of being pushed out the door. They intentionally had a reduced feature set in order to make a game for an entirely new platform/engine in a shortened window. All the polish in the world couldn't save it.

Halo, Driveclub, FC4, all have polish errors that are just due to not having another 6 weeks of dev time.
 
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News Comments > Far Cry 4 Patch
9. Re: Far Cry 4 Patch Nov 25, 2014, 01:36 Beamer
 
Slick wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 23:39:
i liked this game better when it was called FarCry 3


Sounds like someone hasn't experienced the joys of hunting rhino from a gyrocopter. The first sign is overturned cars. You follow that path of destruction to the rhinos. You'll throw some grenades at them, but not take them out, so you'll try to get low to finish them off with your sidearm. Rookie mistake. The gyrocopter isn't the most precise mode of transportation, so after smacking into a tree you bounce low enough for the rhino to knock you out of the air.
 
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7. Re: Far Cry 4 Patch Nov 24, 2014, 23:32 Beamer
 
Helpful thing I learned today - if you hit a mask with a mortar, it counts as collecting it.  
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
30. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 18:35 Beamer
 
I haven't seen an single person "demand" they kick him out.

But it's really nice that some jackass is defending the right to tell people you're going to rape them without being kicked out of Starcraft games.

This guy has the most insane, juvenile, privileged, and dumb priorities.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
23. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 17:14 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 17:11:
Beamer wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 16:15:
kind of like grapefruit and peanut butter.

You say that like it's a bad thing.


I almost went steak and peanut butter, but I've had that (sort of) and it wasn't half bad (also sort of.)
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
20. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 17:02 Beamer
 
And I apologize, I know it's over the line, it's just amazing to me that someone is using "principled stand," "speech police," and making slippery slope and misguided freedom of speech arguments over a Starcraft tournament kicking a guy out for sending a Tweet to a female competitor that he was going to rape her.

This is what our society is now - men desperately afraid that their "right" to tell women they're going to rape them without fear of being kicked out of a video game tournament will disappear.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
19. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 16:56 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 16:40:
Maybe I would, and maybe I wouldn't. Maybe I'd take a principled stand.

Principled stand?
Jesus. Jesus. Seriously. A principled stand against someone threatening to rape. This isn't someone being asked to sit in the back of the bus, this is someone making a rape comment.

If you ran a business, would you pull down posters celebrating feminism or decrying sexism if some of your customers said they felt uncomfortable?

So promoting equality is the same as threatening to rape.
Principled stand, dude.

Maybe you should look it up, since you apparently are unaware of what a fallacy is.

Uh... que?
If 'X is going to destroy you' in the context of an FPS game makes you shudder and cry, I'm likely going to tell you to relax.

That is NOT what it said. Now you're making nice strawmen. Yet somehow I'm the one that doesn't know what a fallacy is.

Do you remember the part where I said that just because I disagree doesn't mean I'd force them to change?

I never said you were forcing them to change, I said you didn't like what they did. You dislike it. No one is asking this guy to not play Starcraft, they're telling him he can't in their tournament. No one is asking you to leave BluesNews, they're putting you on ignore.

Like I said, Beamer - you seem to have a problem telling the difference between 'I disagree' and 'I want to force you to change'.

Sounds like Gamergate.


Yes, it is speech policing. It doesn't magically become something else just because you like the instance of it. Some speech policing is good. Sometimes it's not. Sometimes it's grey area.

Wait, didn't you say you're against speech policing? But sometimes it's good?

Keep on truckin', True Believer.

I don't even understand what pronoun "True Believer" is supposed to mean, but fuck, it's coming from a guy that says he wants to take a "principled stand" to defend some guy's right to stay in a Starcraft tournament despite telling a female competitor he was going to rape her.
Your own words, "principled stand" sounds like some kind of "True Believer" bullshit.

It's nice, though, that I know I can call you a complete moron without you hitting that "report" button, because that would be speech policing.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
14. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 16:15 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 15:12:

See, I don't see my dislike or disapproval of something as a mandate in and of itself to force others to change how they behave. Outrageous, yes?

But I'm sure you'd have no problem not associating yourself with people, or if you ran a business, asking people to leave if they said things that made you or your patrons uncomfortable.

There is always a concern about the intellectual balance between freely sharing one's thoughts, and freely having various thoughts, and having a reasonably restrictive code of conduct. There's likewise a balance to be struck between 'Your speech should adhere to these certain standards' and 'You should accept speech you find distasteful'.

Because "I'm going to rape you" is an intellectual thought.
Jesus. Look up "slippery slope fallacy." Christ.

I find value in freedom of such actions, often even if I disagree with them. Perhaps this is alien to you.

The tournament had the freedom to kick him out.
Apparently you dislike that freedom.


It isn't speech policing. Jesus. You're so concerned with someone telling you what you can or can't do that you never stop to wonder why some people don't like things.

You're so wrapped up in yourself it's amazing.
"It's my freedom to say whatever I want without repercussions due to intellectual exchange of ideas!"

Sorry, buddy. You and "intellectual" don't really go well together, kind of like grapefruit and peanut butter.
 
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News Comments > Gatherings & Competitions
10. Re: Gatherings & Competitions Nov 24, 2014, 14:07 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:54:
It was a shitty thing for him to say, but I get leery about any punishments over speech. Did anyone seriously take this as a rape threat? Would 'destroy' have been better?

What if it was a guy? Different result? Different feeling?

Why are you leery about punishments over speech? It was a private tournament. And speech isn't a compulsion, it's an action you choose to make. He could have chosen to have said anything else, or nothing at all.

When Blue bans Space Captain, are you leery of that? What about when we used to get spambots on the site, were you leery of their speech about how to make your p3n1s larger while earning an Audi working from home resulting in them being banned?
 
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
4. Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 24, 2014, 12:54 Beamer
 
Yeahyeah Yeah wrote on Nov 24, 2014, 12:11:
You can just as well say that every business wants a big government and socialism, because then they can be the recipients of government payments and the industry, my friends, that was a revolution

I feel like there's a Billy Madison clip that could be posted here.
 
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
26. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 24, 2014, 11:31 Beamer
 
The two funniest moments I've had in FC4 so far:

1) Not funny, but amusing - watched a rhino take out some bad guys. Stopped laughing as it turned and charged uphill at me. I started running backwards while unloading into its face with the heavy machine gun, killing it about a foot from me and having its corpse slide on the momentum right into me, pushing me backwards, like a movie cliche

2) Saw my first tiger, and promptly hit it with my car, throwing it off a cliff. Sadly, it was in one of the hatchbacks that spin like crazy, so my attempt to get back on the road went awry and I went over the cliff, too. As I crawl out of my now upside-down flaming wreckage of a car, I find myself nose to nose with the now extra pissed off tiger I'd just pushed down that same hill. Oops


What saddens me a bit is I feel I've already locked in on the weapon combo I am unlikely to change (I probably used the same combo in FC3.) I have a very accurate semi-automatic silenced smg (seriously, I can do red-dot or laser sight, what's the difference?), I have a machine gun for when I screw up the stealth with the primary weapon and just need to kill things fast while running around like a maniac shooting from the hip hoping to find some cover to either bandage myself or reload the damn hmg or both, I have the Robocop side arm and I have a sniper rifle I haven't really used because it isn't silenced.
Shotguns are fun, but not as useful as anything I'm carrying. Same with grenade launchers, RPGs, and bow-and-arrows. And flare guns. And how come I don't have the harpoon yet?
 
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25. Re: Steam Top 10 Nov 24, 2014, 11:19 Beamer
 
siapnar wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 23:53:
jimnms wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 22:43:
those bird things were annoying as shit. I was minding my own business scouting an outpost thing to try and take out silently when I hear something behind me. I turn around and it's some of those bird things charging at me. They nearly killed me and blew my stealth. After that I went out of my way to run over or kill every one I saw.
In this one you've got eagles that come out of nowhere and sink their talons into your face.
While playing on my buddy's system for maybe an hour there were 4 bird attacks and 2 snake attacks... along with a rhino, leopards, a bear, wolves, etc

Was a tad excessive.

Game sure is fun, though.

It's absolutely FC3.5, but I'm loving it. Everything is improved, outside of those eagles which aren't much fun. That fauxhawk guy on Forbes had a good point - Ubi can probably only get away with making the same game once, but like that guy and his hair, I don't much care at the moment - it's a blast.

The animals are definitely more lively this time. In the first, I rarely saw two animal types together. Here? I've at times been overwhelmed with the amount of animals around. And the damn eagle - leave me alone, I'm hunting monkeys for a wallet.

The game also has more random events, which I first remember seeing in RDR (but may have come from one of the GTAs and I just don't remember.) Some of these are annoying, as you're in the middle of a mission buzzing by on a gyrocopter (they gyrocopter!) and suddenly someone is yelling to save them from a crazy murderous honey badger (ok, that line makes it somewhat worthwhile.) Too often I'm too busy and moving too quickly to intervene.

Killing in this game still just feels fun. I like sneaking through an outpost and trying to take it out undetected or at least with no alarms. I like that I once did that riding an elephant with a heavy machine gun in one hand, then redefended the outpost with a mortar. I even don't mind that I spent "Ubi points" or whatever to unlock the Robocop gun.
 
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96. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 23, 2014, 02:27 Beamer
 
Redmask wrote on Nov 23, 2014, 00:39:
PS4 controller is fine for FPS games, at least as fine as consoles get for playing FPS games and 14 million people found a reason to buy one for $400 so far.

This is arguably the best time so far to get a next gen console, lots of third party and first party stuff available, bundles are well priced and black friday is coming up. Last gen ports are getting second citizen treatment now too.

PS4 controller is garbage for most games, in my opinion, and tens of millions of people found a reason to watch Justin Bieber videos on YouTube, so I don't see what that has to do with anything.

This is arguably a fine time to buy an XBone, as it's unlikely to get any lower than it will be on Black Friday next Black Friday, given that it will already be $70 off plus a pack-in game, but the PS4 will absolutely be cheaper this time next year, so if nothing worthwhile is coming out for it between now and then, why bother?
 
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94. Re: Far Cry 4 Piracy Perspective Nov 22, 2014, 20:45 Beamer
 
Fantaz wrote on Nov 22, 2014, 20:38:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 10:55:
This comes on 3 discs and took about 45 minutes to install yesterday. My SSD is only 128GB, and this was 28GB, so I had to free up some space for it.

The sound was kind of in and out in the menu, which was odd, but worked great in the intro cut scene. The intro cut scene moves immediately to a scene at a table. No sound. No way to pause the cutscene to get to options to play and see why there's no sound. No way to skip the cutscene.

When I got control I played with the sound options but couldn't get it back. Played for about 10 minutes, very quick to turn off the motion blue because seeing everything be crystal clear when you're standing still then get water-colorish when you turn 5 degrees just seems sloppy to me.

Sound never came back.



Should have bought for the 360...

why 360 when you can at least get it for next-gen consoles? (PS4)

Because the PS4 controller still sucks for FPS relative to the Xbox controllers, and because there's still no good reason to pay $400 for a PS4.
 
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4. Re: etc. Nov 21, 2014, 11:31 Beamer
 
ASeven wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 11:28:
Beamer wrote on Nov 21, 2014, 10:56:
"You have to have thicker skin!" says a few thousand gamers who went on a three month long bender over an op-ed piece they think insulted them.

Because having thought police as law is always a damn fine idea, right?

Aren't you telling people what to think, too? Aren't you out there "white-knighting" developers as if they can't think for themselves and make their own choices on which criticism matters to them?

Are we really at the point in society where we think any criticism is an attack and any criticism must be shut-down immediately because it's "thought police," even though the people using that terminology are the ones screaming about what people are and are not allowed to think?

And isn't it funny that people claiming it's about ethics in journalism tried to get ad money pulled by a publisher over a negative review when part of the biggest issue in games journalism is good reviews in exchange for continued ad money?


No, forget all this, I'm done engaging. Don't respond. I won't read it.
 
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